Itronics Completes Defense Department Contract

Aug. 20, 2002
Supplies Vacuum Water Recovery Units for 'Beneficial Use Photochemical and Water Recycling'

Itronics, Inc.'s subsidiary, Itronics Metallurgical, Inc., has completed a Department of Defense contract for five vacuum water recovery units. This sale will be reported in the third quarter results and will more than double the photochemical services revenues compared to the third quarter of 2001. "This contract could be a significant first step in providing our services to the entire U.S. military," said Dr. John Whitney, Itronics president.

"The supplied vacuum water recovery units are second generation photochemical vacuum distillation machines capable of concentrating used photochemical solutions by 80 to 95 percent," Whitney said. "The recovered water is pure and can be reused."

With a manufacturing agreement in place to produce the distillation units, Itronics Metallurgical now offers complete "Beneficial Use Photochemical and Water Recycling." This technology is completely operational on a commercial scale, including the manufacture of a line of field-proven, earth-friendly liquid fertilizer products now being marketed under the GOLD'n GRO trademark.

This proprietary technology makes it possible to completely recycle used liquid photochemicals and the water they contain, making it unnecessary to continue to discharge this chemical waste into the nation's sewer systems. The Department of Defense military bases utilizing the program will eliminate all photochemical discharges to sewers while 100 percent of the photochemical concentrate will be converted into GOLD'n GRO liquid fertilizer products. The recovered pure water will be available for reuse.

After the vacuum water recovery units are installed and operational, Itronics Metallurgical will begin to receive and process the photochemical concentrates produced by these machines. "This program is a pilot project, which may lead to providing our Beneficial Use Photochemical and Water Recycling services to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the country. It is being developed by the Department of Defense in consultation with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency," Whitney said.

Source: Itronics, Inc.